GW Bridge to Central Park

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west end of George Washington Bridge sidewalk at Route 505 / Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, New Jersey

0.0

 

East

1.3

south walkway across the George Washington Bridge. It has some sharp bends. Please keep your speed down -- collisions with other bicyclists have occurred.  Check Road Conditions page.

1.3

 

Straight

0.1

Enter ending ramp of south walkway. On the final downhill section, it narrows, and makes a sharp turn.

1.4

 

R

0.1

178th St (East-bound) up hill

1.5

 

R

0.1

Pinehurst Ave

1.6

 

R

0.1

177th St (West-bound)

1.7

 

L

0.5

Haven Ave, becomes 168th St

2.2

 

R

0.1

Fort Washington Ave (South-bound)

2.2

 

site

 

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

2.3

EE

R

0.1

165th St -- down a steep hill

2.4

EE

L

4.7

Riverside Drive (South-bound)

5.1

 

site

 

Grant's Tomb

5.4

 

 

Variation

 

 

for more of Central Park: after 3.0Mi, turn L onto 110th St and go East-bound 0.8Mi. At Central Park West / Frederick Douglas Ave, enter the park, turn R onto the loop road in the middle of the big hill climb, and continue South to rejoin the main route. [last checked 2004]

6.2

EE

 

 

cross over 96th St

7.0

EE

    cross over 79th St

7.1

 

L

0.6

78th St (East-bound)

7.7

T

R

0.1

Columbus Ave

7.8

 

site

 

Museum of Natural History 

7.8

 

L

0.2

77th St

8.0

 

cross

0.1

cross Central Park West, enter Central Park, continue onto 77th St extension in Central Park

8.1

 

R - 
South

0.3

Central Park loop road -- South-bound ("West Drive") -- yield to traffic already on the loop road

8.4

merge

Straight - 
South

0.5

merge with East-West cross road coming from Left -- watch for traffic. Right-of-way may be unclear.  Continue South-bound on loop road.

8.9

 

curve L - East

0.2

continue on loop road East-bound (exit to R goes to Columbus Circle and 59th St)

9.1

 

curve L - North

0.7

continue on loop road North-bound (entrance from R is from 6th Avenue)

9.8

 

BR - 
North

2.4

continue on main loop road North-bound (road to L goes to West side of park and 72nd St)

11.5

 

curve L, 
curve R 

  go down a hill with two big curves -- Careful:  second curve gets tigher.
   

curve L - West 

   

12.2

 

R

0.0

exit from the loop road to Central Park North (110th St) at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Ave). (If you're climbing up a big hill, you've gone too far.)

12.2

 

 

Variation

 

 

to cover the complete Central Park loop on your ride: continue Straight West on the loop road, curve L and South as climb the Great Hill.  After 2.5Mi exit R to 77th St and Central Park West. Take 77th St West-bound 0.8Mi, turn R onto Riverside Drive (North-bound) 1.7Mi, R on 110th St, Cathedral Pkwy 0.6Mi, L on Morningside Dr to rejoin main route. Adds 4.4Mi to route. [last checked 2003]

12.2

T

L

0.2

Central Park North (110th St) West-bound

12.4

EE

cross

0.2

cross Central Park West / Frederick Douglas Ave -- becomes Cathedral Parkway (110th St) \

12.6

 

R

0.3

Morningside Drive (North-bound)

12.6

 

Variation

 

Simpler and quicker: Straight on 110th St West-bound, EE - T - R on Riverside Drive (North-bound) to rejoin main route. [last checked 2003]

   

site

  to see Cathedral of St John the Divine:  continue Straight on 110St, R on Amsterdam Ave and see Cathedral on R, then rejoin route at 116th St by turning L thru gate into campus. 

12.9

 

view

  on R side of street, viewpoint over north Manhattan

12.9

 

L

0.1

116th St (West-bound)

13.0

EE

cross

0.2

cross Amsterdam Ave, go thru gate into campus

13.2

 

site

 

Columbia University

13.2

EE

cross

0.1

exit campus thru gate, cross Broadway to go West on 116th St

13.2

 

food

 

lots of possibilities along Broadway to south (Left)

13.2

 

site

 

Barnard College to the Right

13.3

 

R

0.3

Claremont Ave

13.5

 

site

 

seminaries and cathedral

13.6

 

L

0.1

122th St (West-bound)

13.7

EE

R

2.4

Riverside Drive (North-bound)

13.7

 

site

 

Grant's Tomb

15.6

 

 

 

cross 158th St

16.1

EE

R

0.1

165th St (East-bound) up a short steep hill. This turn comes in the middle of a downhill.

16.2

EE

L

0.5

Fort Washington Ave (North-bound)

16.3

 

site

 

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

16.7

 

L

0.1

177th St (West-bound)

16.8

 

R

0.1

Cabrini Blvd -- look for signs for bicycle-pedestrian path across bridge.

16.9

 

L

0.0

sidewalk

16.9

 

L

0.1

Beginning ramp of south walkway across the George Washington Bridge, for bicyclists and pedestrians. On the initial uphill section, it starts narrow, and with a sharp turn.

17.0

 

Straight

1.3

George Washington Bridge -- south walkway. Widens now, but with some sharp bends. Please keep your speed down -- collisions with other bicyclists have occurred.  Check Road Conditions page.

18.3

 

L

Finish

west end of GWB sidewalk at Route 505 / Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee, NJ

Note:  The HH indicator (see Abbreviations) for a high speed / high traffic volume road segment is not used on this sheet (unlike most other cue sheets on this Bike Hudson Valley website).  For this route, assume that any segment of a motor vehicle road may be high-speed and/or high traffic volume.

Route not checked by us since 2003 -- learn more | see Reports

maps of this route:

A) GWB to Central Park [bhvn2a] view map | on Bikely | Google Earth KML | download GPX

B) Central Park to GWB [bhvn2b] view map | on Bikely | Google Earth KML | download GPX

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